Seven years before he broke baseball’s long-standing color barrier, Jackie Robinson was better known as a UCLA football player.
Robinson is shown leaping into the air for the photographer , wearing the number 28. He had arrived on campus after a standout two-year athletic career at Pasadena City College.
It’s one of the featured items at RMY Auctions, which wraps up its March event tonight.
Jackie made a big impact in two years on the Westwood campus, becoming the first Bruin to earn letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football, and track. At the time, his baseball skills lagged behind what he accomplished in the other three.
The photo measures 4 3/4’” by 5 ½” and has been trimmed from a larger size, likely for use in a newspaper during that time.
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